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In this poignant self-portrait, Kahn begins with his childhood in Brooklyn, reared on the verses of Homer, Shakespeare, Housman, and Millay - a curriculum set by his mother, and one that would influence his career with words. He combined his intellectual upbringing with his inherent passion for baseball, and began his sportswriting career under the legendary Stanley Woodward at the New York Herald Tribune. This gave Kahn the oppotunity to interview and develop friendships with Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson - men he knew and admired for reasons far beyond their baseball abilities.
Kahn's writing is by no means limited to his sports coverage, and on the political front he devotes chapters to Eugene McCarthy and Barrry Goldwater, whom he interviewed for The Saturday Evening Post - two diverse men in a turbulent era who championed their distinct versions of idealism. The Post had earlier sent Kahn to interview poet Robert Frost at his home in Vermont, a rare opportunity for any journalist, and one that resulted in the development of a marked friendship between two men of words.
Perhaps most touching is his account, straight-forward but abrim with love, of the life and death - at twenty-three - of his scholar-athlete son, Roger Laurence Kahn.
Into My Own is a memior of an unassuming man, whose great love of baseball and literature led him into extraordinary experiences, opportunities, and friendships. Even amid great family tragedy and personal difficulty, Kahn has prevailed - among poets, writers, politicians, and most of all, ballplayers.
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Posted September 15, 2006
What a great book! I'm surprised that no-one has reviewed it yet. Roger Kahn, whom I always knew was a great writer, has written an insightful and moving memoir. It's not written in the usual chronological style, but rather as a series of profiles of some of the people that have influenced his life. From his first editor at the NY Herald Tribune, to Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson, and the poet Robert Frost. The final chapter is dedicated to Kahn's son who committed suicide at the age of 23 and will move you to tears. The only thing that makes this book less-than-perfect is some sloppy copyediting, which hopefully has been corrected by now. And, not surprisingly, some rather snippy remarks about Kahn's second wife (the mother of the unhappy son). But if you love good sportswriting, or good writing of any kind, read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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